The Hand: How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture

The Hand: How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture

Frank R. Wilson


"A startling argument . . . provocative . . . absorbing." --The Boston Globe

"Ambitious . . . arresting . . . celebrates the significance of palms to our lives at the present time in addition to to the background of our species."
--The manhattan instances booklet Review

The human hand is a miracle of biomechanics, the most extraordinary variations within the background of evolution. The fingers of a live performance pianist can elicit wonderful sound and stir emotion; these of a health practitioner can practice the main tender operations; these of a rock climber let him to scale a vertical mountain wall. Neurologist Frank R. Wilson makes the notable declare that for the reason that of the original constitution of the hand and its evolution in cooperation with the mind that Homo sapiens grew to become the main clever, preeminent animal at the earth.
        In this interesting e-book, Wilson strikes from a dialogue of the hand's evolution--and how its intimate conversation with the mind impacts such parts as neurology, psychology, and  linguistics--to provocative new rules approximately human creativity and the way top to nurture it. Like Oliver Sacks and Stephen Jay Gould, Wilson handles a frightening diversity of medical wisdom with a shocking deftness and a profound interest approximately human danger. Provocative, illuminating, and pleasant to learn, The Hand encourages us to imagine in new methods approximately certainly one of our such a lot taken-for-granted assets.

"A mark of the book's excellence [is that] it makes the reader conscious of the sweetness in trivial, daily acts, and divulges the complexity in the back of the easiest manipulation." --The Washington Post

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